Now that Democrats control the presidency and both houses of Congress, Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski finds herself in the spotlight. With the Senate split 50-50, Democrats – with the aid of Vice President Harris’ tie breaking vote – have a tenuous grip on power.

And Murkowski – an increasingly disgruntled Republican – is now seen as a swing vote that can ultimately boost Democratic power, especially with regard to hot-button social issues like expanding abortion and liberalizing LGBTQ laws. Once a mixed bag when it came to these issues, Murkowski has increasingly aligned herself with Planned Parenthood and gay-rights activists.

She now opposes laws requiring that parents be notified before their minor girl undergoes an abortion, and she supports public funding for big abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. She also celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling that requires all states to recognize gay marriage.

The first big issue of 2021 could likely be the highly controversial Equal Rights Amendment. It simply states that: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

While the text appears rather benign, both liberals and conservatives agree, that if passed, the Equal Rights Amendment would enshrine abortion in the U.S. Constitution and could be interpreted by federal courts to expand the military draft to women, ban sex-segregated prisons, and eliminate female only restrooms. In short, it would open Pandora’s box to a massive roll back of pro-life laws, and the rapid advance of special LGBTQ rights that violate religious liberties and free speech.

Introduced in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment (or ERA) required 38 states to ratify it before 1979. Only 35 states agreed before the deadline had passed. But that has not stopped liberal activists from pushing the agenda.

Last year Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, although seven states have since rescinded their ratification and so it remains a legal question as to whether the 38-state threshold (which is three-fourths of all states) has been achieved. While three states ratified the ERA after the 1979 deadline, supporters of the measure say that should not matter.

Last year the U.S. House passed a resolution stating that the ERA’s deadline is null and void.

And here’s where Murkowski comes in. She helped introduce a companion version in the Senate and argued that her colleagues approve the measure. They did not, but that was last year. Now with Democrats narrowly in control, Murkowski could become the swing vote. If she and Senate Democrats muster the votes to nix the deadline, the fate of the ERA would likely be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. They would have to decide whether extending the deadline for states ratification was allowable and whether the seven states that have since rescinded their ratification are still on the hook.

Most Senate Republicans will certainly oppose the ERA, which will put Murkowski in the position of empowering her Democratic colleagues and their extreme pro-abortion and LGBTQ policies. Take note Alaskans. This may be the year when the once waffling Murkowski goes all in for the radical social agenda of the liberal Democrats.

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Linda Cranney says:

    There must be a way …legally…that she can be ousted out of office NOW! Any ideas? ANYBODY?

  • Steve says:

    We need to get rid of the 17 amendment, that would allow our state legislature to remove her. We need to somehow convince the native population of this state that Lisa is using them just as the democrats use the blacks population to enslave them with government favors and cash.

    • Lobo says:

      I agree.. The 17th. amendment was enacted for the swamp’s own agendas. Lisa is a republican only in title.. She has never been an actual republican, but she knew that she had to run as one in order to get elected… It may take a COS to get rid of that now, because I don’t see enough votes (2/3) in the house and senate to repeal their oft times crooked methods of staying in office.. Bought, and paid for by corporations.

      Also, I doubt that we can come close to convincing the natives that she is a poison pill.. They get many government benefits, and they see her as the guarantor of keeping that coming.

      • R says:

        “Also, I doubt that we can come close to convincing the natives that she is a poison pill.. They get many government benefits, and they see her as the guarantor of keeping that coming.”
        Exactly – and that is her bank account, she knows it and she milks that avenue. As far as I can see, Lisa baby has always been a liberal to the core. She is stone cold. Her replies to my letters are proof.

      • Lobo says:

        I agree.. She quit responding to my “inconvenient” messages a long time ago… I questioned her about her relations with Dianne Fankenfeinstein, and letting her brow beat her on not toeing the (democrat) line, hard enough. I pray to see the day we are rid of her in “any” political position, or influence.

      • R says:

        Her good looks are surpassed only by her subterfuge.
        She recovered her reelection through questionable tactics a while back.
        She is a bane on our political sphere.
        Unseating her from her dark horse would be a major relief to Alaskans and taxpayer pocketbooks.
        Let her image be relegated to the “nasties” album.

  • Michael C Coons says:

    She is a snake and will bite anyone at any time.

  • Susan Diana Weir says:

    I truly believe that Lisa Murkowski has something to do with the missing and trafficked indigenous peoples. The far left projects everything they do thats heinous, onto us. And 5here is the fact that she did have dealings with G. Maxwell, Epsteins gangster maul, and still serves on the board of the Artic council, that Alice Rogoff, Maxwells best buddy, founded. Murkowski has been and has finally gone all the way left. Not surprised. She has always been a snake.

  • FreeInSD says:

    Fix our election systems by removing mail in ballots lacking signature verification and remove dominion systems entirely and you’ll find that most of these swamp rats aren’t actually electable anymore.

    Otherwise they will magically keep getting re-elected, even though most people are disgusted by them. People without a way to express their anger with free and fair elections will eventually have to find other outlets for their rage.

    • Kfinh says:

      America’s election process is sometimes referred to as the pressure relief valve for us disgruntled Americans over our political overlords. Our vote was always the power we hold over our elected officials, now that our votes are stolen, deleted, null and void, we Americans are only subjects in our constitutional republic. The only way to get back our country is to do it state by state. We have to pressure our state representative to fix our election process. Any and all concerns should be addressed this legislative session so that when 2022 does come up we can have a free and fair election! I did see something regarding voting on the list of pre-filed bills but we’ll see what comes out of it.

      • FreeInSD says:

        The local swamprats that could reform the system, both in the judiciary and the legislature, no longer fear elections. I wonder if there is some other way to motivate them to do the right thing?

  • ADQ says:

    In my opinion the Senator is a disappointment. She no longer has my support as a voter.

  • john otness says:

    As long as these crooks have their Dominion machines the crime spree will continue.